Point Classic Amber | Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 297
Photo of fizzy
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always liked Steven's Point beer. It is one of the original "old" Wisconsin breweries. For that reason alone we should be buying and drinking their beers. Pretty much everything everybody else has reported on this beer has at least a little of what I would agree with. This came in an assorted 12 pk that includes some wheat beers. Come on over, you can drink them if you want!!

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a touch of caramel sweetness. The taste is average. It has a bone dry roasted/caramel malt flavor that's weak and watery. It goes down quick, but finishes bitter and overly dry. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your basic amber ale. It's a middle of the road beer with little to get excited over.

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Photo of mynie
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Point is really good at making unexceptional, boiler plate versions of your basic American craft styles. Their amber is maybe the best embodiment of this thing that they do.

If I had to give an amber to somebody who'd never had an amber, it'd be this one. Think about it: if the first beer you have in a style is too good, then you're going to look down upon--or at least be disappointed with--most other attempts at that style. This is so *in the middle*. It does everything it's supposed to, no frills or surprises but also no bad nodes or offness.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts, a touch of hops. Taste is also a good balance of malts and hops, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I asked indiapaleale, "Hey, CAN you Point me in the right direction on my CANQuest?" and he replied, "Sure!" in spades, if you CAN dig it. This is the second of four attempts to get the Point on my part.

From the CAN: "Stevens Point Brewery Brewing Excellence Since 1857. Point ^ Well Made."

This started well, with my pour creating two fingers' worth of medium-tam head with good retention. Amber?!? I would have said ruby-red with NE-quality clarity. This really looked pretty in the glass. Nose had a grassy hop presence overlaying the malty sweetness inherent in the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a lightly hoppy taste in the mouth. Finish had a mild sweetness, but I wanted more throughout. It was not a bad tasting beer, it just suffered from a mildness that could have been avoided. Get the Point?

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Photo of Ottertude
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle of Point Amber poured a coppery orange color into my pint glass. A nice off-white head quickly disappeared but left some nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was rather faint. Maybe some caramel and something else sweet such as brown sugar.

The taste was kind of faint as well. Some caramel malt with a slight hop finish. About what one would expect for an amber. The flavor is mild and doesn't come on strong like some other beers of this ilk.

The mouthfeel was thin. A step thicker than plain water. So of course this went down pretty easy and I can totally see this as a session beer that at least is better than drinking BMC.

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Photo of tigg924
1.81/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance:caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt, chemicals, and suger

Taste: toasted malt, chemicals, touch of apple, and suger

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Not a favorite. This one tastes way to chemical like and not well balanced. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark blood red with brown edges. A tiny wisp of almond hued head fades almost instantly. No lace is left behind.

The aroma has a nice mix of nutty malt and light hops. Neither come out real strong. It's about where an amber should be.

The flavor has a nutty spice feeling to it. The hops are barely there but are present. Caramel malt helps finish it out.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a very middle of the road amber. Drinkable yes. Would I pick it up again? No.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark amber color with a thick soapy off-white with some decent lacing

S - Mostly malt with a wet rag smell with a touch of hops but not much else going on

T - About the same as the smell. Mostly bready malt, not much in the way of hops, corny with a touch of bitterness in the finish

M - Feels decent in the mouth. Medium-light body, dry and pretty refreshing

D - Overall kinda disappointing. Wanted to give Point a try and was hoping for a solid amber but for the style it is lacking. Kinda tasteless but certainly easy to drink. I must say that it is a great looking beer! I'll give em' another try. I hear the RIS is good

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Photo of blackearth
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby-amber body with a thin white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is bready malt with a hint of fruity yeast esters. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Flavors of toasted malt are at the center with a light hop flavor and a dry finish. I think this tastes better out of the tap, but not a bad beer. Good drinkability.

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Photo of BadBadger
2.24/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh what an eventual disappointment this beer is once it hits the palate. It pours from the bottle a dark copper color. There is a faint fruity hoppy aroma. There is a massive head which lasts for but a few brief moments. The taste is bland, with barely a lingual taste bud being tantalized. The mouth feel is best described as being wet, like drinking a class of water. I could only recommend this beer for those actively flying commercial aircraft or doing extensive yard work on a steaming hot day.

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Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with a quick fading head.Aroma is very weak..faint malts? Taste is malts,hops and light florals.This beer is as about as boring and bland you can get without actually being bad.It might be nice to try one but don't shoot yourself if you never do.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a large tan head. The head dissipates slowly but leaves little lacing.

Smell: Malty with a bit of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Very sweet and malty but balanced well with some hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little thin up front but gains some body towards the finish. Finishes a little dry.

Drinkability: A decent amber lager. This beer is interchangable with almost any other amber lager out there but is still pretty good. Worth a try but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at the Rum Line Bar in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Appearance - Clear reddish-amber color. Minimal head and not much lacing.

Smell - Very Light. Some malt and maybe a whiff of weak hops.

Taste - Light and mildly flavored, mostly malts and just a little hint of hops. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin, almost watery.

Drinkability - Eh, I've had better Ambers and Point Brewery is doing nothing special with this one.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a very...well....amber color. Minimal head, yet surprisingly okay stickage/lacing.

The smell is not terribly pungent, but is of sweet caramel malt.

The beer has a very generic, yet weak amber style taste. Nothing exceptional about the caramel malt, even the nutty undertones are very subdued -- but I guess that's why they're called undertones. This really is a middle of the road beer.

The mouthfeel is again unremarkable. It's far from bad, just nothing really distinguishes this beer.

I feel I've pretty much summed up the drinkability portion already -- this is a very "middle of the road" type amber. However, I did not mind drinking it at all, and wouldn't have trouble drinking it all night long. It's cheap enough and easily sessionable.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.21/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a reddish amber. Disappointing head formation. Just white bubbles.

(S)- Corny sweet malts. . .

(T)- Corn husk with a pale-ish hoppy malt thing.

(M)- Crisp and slightly sweet and bitter. Fine carbonation level.

(D)- Very dissapointing for its amber classification. Very lackluster in every way. Almost bland.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on the porch while reading "The Arabs" before BTMTO practice.

A-Pristine dark amber beer. Tan head rises nicely off the pour, but the quicly recedes to nothing, leaving the beer looking flat and dull.

S-Bready, slight spicy chocolate and toasty, with hints of caramel.

T-Toffee, toasted bread, very slight chocolate. Hop bitterness gives a nice balance, with no discernable hop flavor (maybe a slight herbal spice). Finishes crisp and clean.

M-Medium-high carbonation is a bit much for this moderate-bodied brew.

D-An easy session brew, and crisp and refreshing enough for a warm day.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with light prickle and little to no head. Malty nose that is heavy and rich. Clean attack that takes a while to develop. When it does there is a full malt flavor and a thick mouthfeel. The finish is pretty clean. There are some mild hints that are reminiscent of nut but are just a result of the richness of the malt I think.

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Photo of climax
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a nice copper red with a modest creamy tan head, leaving next to no lace.

Nose was pretty weak. Mostly toasty malt, caramel, and a barely acceptable level of hops.

Flavor was like the nose....uninspiring. Not much here, malt sweetness

Feel had a twangy tinge on the sides of the tongue (tongue twister), otherwise light bodied and thin...

Easy to drink, but unfortunately that's because there ain't much to it, not awful but not even as good as Killians. I suppose it'd be a easy starter for someone trying a beer darker than Budlight.

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Photo of Tone
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange/amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Barely fiits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast cleanliness up front, hint of hops, and and very faint sweet malt. Wow, there is just no real body. Both the hop and malt flavors are severely lacking.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of very faint caramel malt, but mostly there is no aroma. The taste is a little stronger, but mostly water. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very weak amber ale that I cant see myself drinking again.

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Photo of supercolter
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So nothing really stand out but overall a respectible beer. Appearance is very crisp and clear amber color with one and a half finger head that sticks around for a bit. Smell is decent, slightly sweet malt with an interesting spice combo and no real hops to note. A touch of hops come through in the taste, unfortunately so does a bit of metalically taste. Mouthfeel is average, light to medium body and fizzy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium reddish-amber. Clear. Thick off-white head - appears fairly persistent.

Smell - Light. Mildly spicy malt. Maybe a whiff of yeast.

Taste - Flavor is rather light. Mildly spicy sweet malt. Appears pretty well balanced. Best described as unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost watery. Crisp.

Drinkability - A little more flavor and a little different flavor than a macro lager. Nothing especially notable here, though. Might be a good choice if options are few.

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Photo of slyke
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Point Classic Amber pours an amber/red color with a finger of off-white head that falls after to a thin cap after the first couple of sips, but sticks well.

Smell is faint. A little malt, a little grassiness.

Taste starts malty with toasted bread notes and a hint of sweetness. Some sourness comes in about halfway through and lingers to the end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied; fairly crisp, but some pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability for this beer is pretty good. Give it a try if you find it.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a light rust with a nice tan one finger head.

Aroma is of wheat and grain. Sour lager yeast notes on top of the malt aroma.

Flavor is hard to pin down. This beer starts as a very malty lager with a slight astringent character, then it fades to sour-like saison notes, then moves into an almost artificial nuttiness. I think I get a little hazelnut flavor in there. Seems to be more of a mutant nut-brown than an amber. The finish is sweet, nutty and slightly fruity. There is a bit of adjunct there I just can't figure what it is.

Mouthfeel is crisp. High amount of carbonation bites the tongue. I fear without it the sweetness may be cloying. Light body, but it is supposed to be a lager profile and not an ale, so I let it pass.

Not bad overall, interesting to say the least. this is quite a bit of flavor for what I'd assumed would be an adjunct lager type beer.

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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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